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Page 46 • MICEBTN - May-JULy 2016 wESTERN AUSTRALIA At the heart of the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef, and just metres from the pristine white sandy beaches of Coral Bay, Bill’s is a new, fully air conditioned venue ideal for your next meeting, function or incentive group. ~ Fabulous food & great service ~ Catering for up to 120 & offering a choice of function areas, your guests will enjoy a com- prehensive range of beer and wine to complement our delicious Platter, Buffet or Cocktail menus. Mix your business with pleasure – immerse in the wonders of the Ningaloo Reef Our friendly staff can also assist with accommodation and boat tour arrangements for your group if required. For enquiries, or to begin planning your ideal event, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Aggie shows the way at art gallery WHEN the letters in your corporate name deliver the acronym of AGWA, what do you call your new robot employee? No prizes for the answer. Aggie, a cute little character, has be- come a tour host at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. AGWA says it is the world’s first humanoid art gallery guide. While intended initially for family appeal, Aggie has quickly built a loyal adult following and has also achieved worldwide publicity coverage for the gallery and ‘her’ self. She could well feature very effectively as leader for C&I groups – a memorable experience indeed. Aggie already is used for interactive workshop sessions. She was created by Perth-based Smartbots in a collabora- tion with AGWA. Aggie is a Nao robot designed by the French company Alderbaran and running on software developed in Belgium that was subsequently taken further in project-specif- ic content by Smartbots. Smartbots’ expertise also extends to the creation and deliv- ery of virtual and augmented reality. The company is working with AGWA on a series of virtual reality exhibitions. Atmosphere, first in this series, is a sculp- ture garden showcasing three artworks in the AGWA collec- tion not currently on display. On the web: www.artgallery.wa.gov.au Aggie on tour, photo Art Gallery of WA Surf championships a driver as wA aims for A$12 billion by 2020 THE 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be held at Scarborough Beach, Western Australia. Premier and Tourism minister Colin Barnett said: “When the championships was last held at Scarborough in 2014, it at- tracted nearly 8,000 visitors who spent A$12.4 million during the seven days of the event.” Barnett said hosting events such as the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships formed an important part of the State government’s strategy to increase the value of tourism to A$12 billion by 2020. “Events will help us reach that target as they add vibrancy to the State, attract visitors and help raise the profile of WA through media exposure.” Deputy premier Liza Harvey said the nationally-televised Surf Living event would be the perfect way to show off the revitalised Scarborough Beach to the rest of Australia.